Police have stopped an illegal rave in Manchester on the same day the city was put under new coronavirus restrictions.
Authorities confirmed they were responding to reports of a planned large gathering in Audenshaw Reservoir this afternoon.
Police are using a dispersal order to shutdown the party and turn away anyone who is looking to attend.
A GMP spokesman said they would be prepared to use enforcement as a ‘last resort’.
Superintendent Colette Rose said: ‘Thanks to intelligence received from the public this afternoon (Friday 31 July) we have been able to deploy officers to Audenshaw Reservoir and are working closely with partners to ensure this event isn’t attended.
‘Anyone who was considering coming to the location is strongly advised not to and while enforcement will be used as a last resort, we will use the legal powers necessary to prevent a potentially dangerous and illegal mass gathering from taking place.
Another illegal party planned in Chalkwell, Essex, will not be taking place after police closed part of a seafront to prevent it.
The rave was meant to take place tonight.
Essex Police added in a statement: ‘A dispersal order will be in place covering Chalkwell Park, following information about a large planned gathering.
‘It will be in place from 7pm on Friday 31 July to 4am Saturday 1 August.
‘The order will cover the area shown in the map below, including London Road, Chalkwell Avenue, Leigh Road, Mount Avenue and Chalkwell Esplanade and the beach to the low water marker.’
The Government has issued new lockdown measures in parts of northern England after coronavirus cases started to rise.
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